CNN’s Jake Tapper pushes back after Trump adviser doubles down that “many sides” are to blame for neo-Nazi rally

JAKE TAPPER (HOST): Well, you say that the president was clear in condemning this bigotry, but listen to this. This is from an infamous neo-Nazi website, quote: “Trump comments were good … He said he loves us all. Also refused to answer a question about white nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him,” unquote. Mr. Bossert, that’s a neo-Nazi website celebrating how equivocal and vague the president of the United States was. Are you willing to at least concede that President Trump was not clear enough in specifically condemning white supremacy?

TOM BOSSERT: No, the words of the ignorant bear little with me and should bear less with you in the media. Unfortunately, they don’t. And what I would say is that the president not only condemned the violence and stood up at a time and a moment when calm was necessary and didn’t dignify the names of these groups of people, but, rather, addressed the fundamental issue. And so, Jake, what you need to focus on is the rest of his statement. The president didn’t just call for human beings to respect one another, which is his pragmatist core, fundamental bare minimum, but he called for ideally Americans to love one another, for all of God’s children to love one another. That is a fundamental assault on the very nature of the hatred that we’re seeing here. And I guess you’re going to continue to press on the words he didn’t say. What I’d like you to focus for just a moment on the rest of the statement that he did say. This is the kind of reputation of hatred that needs to be covered more. I think it’s leadership.

TAPPER: Well, …read more

Source:: Media Matters for America

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